Crackdown pledge on exposure to smoking
SOUTH Australia’s antismoking laws will be strengthened to protect people from being exposed to second-hand smoke, Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade says.
He said a recent survey had shown an increase in exposure to second-hand smoke, as he announced consultation with businesses and stakeholders about new action. “The focus of this consultation will be to strengthen existing public health measures designed to reduce smoking rates and protect South Australians from passive smoking,” he said.
“A key issue for these discussions will be ensuring that outdoor dining areas are fully protected from tobacco smoke.
Consultation is expected to examine existing penalty levels for breaching tobacco laws and consider increasing protections from passive smoking exposure, particularly for children and families near places like schools and kindergartens, as well as tobacco licence conditions. The consultation follows a review of tobacco controls conducted last year.